Boston, Cape Cod & the Islands with Canada & New England Cruise Option - Vista Suite
From 02/06/2023 to 01/07/2023
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Our highly-skilled Travel Director will ensure your journey is seamless, serving as your expert guide, consummate organiser, and friend overseas.
Personal radio headsets give you the freedom to wander during visits to famous highlights, without missing any of your Local Expert's fascinating commentary.
We carry your bags for you and promptly deliver them to your hotel door.
Hotel and restaurant tips are included - you'll never have to worry about how much to give, nor search for foreign currency.
We also include all taxes and porterage charges at hotels.
From time to time, your Travel Director will delight you with an Insight Flourish, which is a local specialty representing the destination.
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Day 1 - Boston, the Cradle of Liberty Welcome to Boston, described by many as the most European city in the U.S., you can expect a thriving art scene, delicious variety of seafood delicacies and plenty of charm. Arrive to the Hyatt Regency Boston, just steps from Boston's most desirable area-attractions such as the Boston Common, Faneuil Hall, and Boston's famous shopping destination, Newbury Street. A 10-to-15 minute walk will bring you to the South End, Back Bay or the Charles River Esplanade. At 18:00, join your Travel Director for a Welcome Dinner with wine and an opportunity to mingle with fellow guests.
Day 2 - Historic Boston Relaxed Start Explore the city with your Travel Director and learn about the city's transformative past. You'll follow part of the red-brick Freedom Trail that brings the story of the American Revolution to life. Sights include Boston Common, the Old Corner Bookstore and the Bunker Hill Monument in Charlestown. View the colourful neighbourhoods of Back Bay and historic North End, otherwise known as Boston's Little Italy. Make sure you try the neighbourhood's famous cannoli and grab yourself some of the best espresso in town. Later, choose to visit Fenway Park, America's oldest baseball stadium and home of the Boston red Sox or the Isabella Gardner Museum, featuring a 2,500-piece collection, spanning European, Asian and Islamic art. The rest of the day is free to pursue your own interests as you please.
Day 3 - Pilgrim heritage and on to Sandwich This morning, discover Plymouth's history at the first pilgrim settlement.Visit Pilgrim Hall Museum, the oldest continuously operating public museum in the country and America's museum of Pilgrim possessions. Join a MAKE TRAVEL MATTER(R) Experience as you visit the Plimouth Patuxet museum. This living memorial is dedicated to preserving the histories of the Native and English inhabitants of this region and educating the public on early settlers and the Wampanoag People in an immersive and engaging environment.Later you'll get to know the Cape more intimately as you make your way to the coastal haven of Sandwich.Experience the techniques of the English and Irish glassmakers at the Sandwich Glass Museum.Relax at your charming inn tonight and indulge in a Dinner with wine.
Day 4 - Sandwich, oldest town on the Cape Head out to Salt Pond on Cape Cod's National Seashore and learn about the natural wonder and human history represented on the Cape, from its First People and European settlement to modern lifestyles and communication technology. An optional experience on the Sand Dunes of the National Seashore may present itself later today. Roll through the Dune Shacks of Peaked Hill Bars Historic District, catching sight of Pilgrim Lake and the famed artists' dune shacks while Local Experts share the history and ecology of these striking and inspiring dunes.
Day 5 - Martha's Vineyard, a Presidential Paradise Board a ferry this morning to Martha's Vineyard. Home to pristine sandy beaches, outdoor attractions and heavenly harbour towns, this summer hangout is no stranger to presidential visits. The island has hosted the Clintons and the Obamas, while the former U.S. First Lady, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, maintained a home here. After disembarking, make your way to Oak Bluffs, known for its rainbow-coloured, gingerbread-like cottages with gothic storybook decorations, high-peaked roofs, and dainty verandas. You'll also find the oldest operating platform carousel in America here. Get acquainted with the island, before reaching your hotel. Tonight's Sea-to-Table Highlight Dinner at Bettini Restaurant is sure to delight with the season's freshest offerings from local farms, fishing boats, foragers and markets.
Day 6 - Nantucket Island Depart Martha's Vineyard in style on a high-speed catamaran for the picturesque island of Nantucket. Not only has it retained the charm of a bygone era, it is one of the most exclusive coastal communities in the U.S. During your visit, take in the beauty of the antique cobblestone streets, lined with high- end boutiques and breathtaking architecture. The simple homes date back to its whaling days which also influenced much of the culture on the island. In the past, the style of home directly correlated to a whaler's ranking. Return to the mainland in the late afternoon to relax at your luxurious hotel.
Day 7 - Newport, the Queen of Summer Resorts Relaxed Start The elegant town of Newport is lined with the Gilded Age mansions of America's wealthiest families. Visit the Breakers, the grandest of Newport's summer cottages and a symbol of the Vanderbilt family's social and financial pre-eminence during the late 19th century. The seaside city is also famous for being the home of the America's Cup for more than 50 years and is known as the Sailing Capital of the World. Explore in nautical style onboard the Adirondack II, an 80-foot (24 metre) schooner, as you cruise around the coastline. You'll sail out and pass some of the nearby islands, old historical buildings and homes of the rich and famous, as you learn about the region's exciting history, including its pirate activity. In the evening, enjoy a Celebration Dinner at La Forge Casino restaurant, known for local fare, fresh seafood and many New England favourites. Afterwards you'll head back to your boutique hotel, registered with the Historic Hotels of America.
Day 8 - Back to Boston Relaxed Start It's time to say goodbye to your fellow travellers as you return to Boston. As you will be embarking on the Canada & New England Discovery cruise, you will stay in Boston and transfer to the port the following morning to board the MS Zaandam.
Day 9 - Join Canada & New England Discovery Cruise Welcome to your Holland America Line Canada & New England Discovery cruise for a voyage along the Canada and New England coasts.
Day 10 - Bar Harbor, Maine. Continue south to Bar Harbor, a quintessential New England coastal town on Mount Desert Island that serves as the gateway to Acadia National Park. This retreat for outdoorsy types offers freshwater lakes, rugged clifftops, forests and striking mountains.
Day 11 - Halifax, Nova Scotia Today you'll head to Halifax, a maritime destination which offers a perfect mix of sea breezes and cultural charm. The ramparts of the citadel defending the city await you here.
Day 12 - Sydney, Nova Scotia Cruise past the Highlands of Nova Scotia to the port of Sydney, where lighthouses stand on cliff-side ledges and tiny villages huddle in rocky inlets.
Day 13 - Prince Edward Island Call in at Charlottetown where red double-decker buses motor along streets lined with regal Victorian houses. This picturesque city is perfect for walks along the harbour and taking a moment at one of its many coffee shops.
Day 14 - The Gulf of Saint Lawrence The Gulf of Saint Lawrence fringes the shores of half the provinces of Canada and is defined by stunning coast line and beautiful islands, including Prince Edward Island and the Magdalen Islands.
Day 15 - Quebec City Continue on to Quebec City. Set atop sheer cliffs and with a strong French influence both in its culture and architecture, this elegant city comes with plenty of charm. Take the funicular steps down to the Lower Town where you'll see Notre Dame des Victoires, the Petit Champlain district and the port.
Day 16 - Disembark in Montreal Your trip ends in the old-world French city of Montreal. A departure transfer to Montreal International Airport is provided arriving at approximately 10:30. Choice Highlights Boston: Take a tour of historical Fenway Park, the oldest baseball stadium in America, that has been home to the Boston Red Sox since 1912. Enjoy a one-hour guided tour of the stadium which includes sitting in the fabled 'Green Monster' overlooking left field, visiting the press box, seeing memorabilia and learning about the countless legendary moments of the ballpark. A must do for any sports fan. Boston: Visit the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, a lavish and accurate reconstruction of a 15th century Venetian palace, including an exquisite interior courtyard that boasts an array of blossomed flowers all year round. Every item in the 2,500-piece collection, spanning European, Asian and Islamic art is meticulously placed according to Gardner's personal instructions. Also on display are the empty frames that once held priceless works of art stolen during the infamous 1990 theft, the largest in American History. Choose between two carefully selected activities Newport: Choose to visit the Breakers, the grandest of Newport's summer cottages and former home of the Vanderbilt family. Alternatively, choose to visit the Elms and its mid-18th century French inspired interior. Another option is to visit the Tennis Hall of Fame. Well-being : Our Well-Being Directors take a proactive approach to your welfare ensuring all well-being regulations are met (available on tours with 21 or more guests). : Enjoy the comfort of Insight's luxurious, air-conditioned, 40-seat coach with double the standard legroom and onboard washroom. Our customized luxury coaches are sanitized before the start of your tour and are maintained to very high standards. Physical distancing measures have been implemented on our customized luxury coaches. : Experience enhanced hygiene protocols to align with the latest guidance following COVID-19. All Travel Directors, Well-Being Directors and Drivers have completed training in enhanced well-being and hygiene protocols. : We only work with establishments we are confident will consistently adhere to our high well-being standards, which include hotels, restaurants and sight-seeing venues. : Hand sanitizer is freely available on board for you to use throughout the day. Summary : See the red-brick Freedom Trail and Historic North End in Boston o The Breakers mansion o island communities of Martha's Vineyard o cobblestone streets of Nantucket. Travel Director : "It's magical to see how a group of guests come together over the course of our trip. I can always tell when that's happening because they start planning their own 'post-arrival' activities before the travel day has finished." Authentic Dining Boston: At 18:00, join your Travel Director for a Welcome Dinner with wine and an opportunity to mingle with fellow guests. Martha's Vineyard: Tonight's Sea-to-Table Highlight Dinner at Bettini Restaurant is sure to delight with the season's freshest offerings from local farms, fishing boats, foragers and markets. Newport: Meet your new friends in the evening for a seafood Celebration Dinner with wine, where you can share the highlights of your trip while savouring a freshly prepared meal. Dining Summary: 3 Dinner with Wine (DW), 15 Breakfast (B), 8 Dinner (D), and 6 Lunch (L) Top Rated Highlights Boston: Explore the great city of Boston, with your Travel Director and learn about its transformative past. You'll follow part of the red-brick Freedom Trail that brings the story of the American Revolution to life. Journeying to other historically significant sights that include the Boston Common, the Old Corner Bookstore and the Bunker Hill Monument in Charlestown. View the colorful neighborhood of Back Bay and the lively North End, otherwise known as Boston's Little Italy. Sandwich: View through the lens of the skilled craftsmen at the Sandwich Glass Museum, where you will learn the techniques of the English and Irish glass-makers developed during the early 19th century. Cape Cod: Experience the natural wonder and human history emphasizing the cultural themes represented on Cape Cod, including the First People--the Wampanoag; European settlement culture; fishing, life-saving, and lighthouses; communication technology of Cape Cod's National Seashore Later this afternoon, why not choose to the Sand Dunes of the National Seashore with an exclusive journey. Roll through the Peaked Hill Bars Historic District Sand Dunes, catching sight of Pilgrim Lake nestled among the dunes and the famed artists' dune shacks while Local Experts share the history and ecology of these beautiful and unique dunes that have inspired so many fine artists and writers. Martha's Vineyard: After disembarking from your ferry ride, visit the port neighborhood of Oak Bluffs and be transported to a different era. Known for its rainbow-colored, gingerbread-like cottages with Gothic storybook decorations, high-peaked roofs, and dainty verandas. You'll also find the oldest operating platform carousel in America here. Nantucket: Walk through historic downtown Nantucket and discover the unique history of the island. Journey through Nantucket's past and hear about the rise and the fall of the whaling industry, the rise of tourism, and the impacts the island's economy has had on social and racial development on Nantucket. Insight Choice Boston: Take a tour of historical Fenway Park, the oldest baseball stadium in America, that has been home to the Boston Red Sox since 1912. Enjoy a one-hour guided tour of the stadium which includes sitting in the fabled 'Green Monster' overlooking left field, visiting the press box, seeing memorabilia and learning about the countless legendary moments of the ballpark. A must do for any sports fan. Boston: Visit the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, a lavish and accurate reconstruction of a 15th century Venetian palace, including an exquisite interior courtyard that boasts an array of blossomed flowers all year round. Every item in the 2,500-piece collection, spanning European, Asian and Islamic art is meticulously placed according to Gardner's personal instructions. Also on display are the empty frames that once held priceless works of art stolen during the infamous 1990 theft, the largest in American History. Newport: Choose to visit the Breakers, the grandest of Newport's summer cottages and former home of the Vanderbilt family. Alternatively, choose to visit the Elms and its mid-18th century French inspired interior. Another option is to visit the Tennis Hall of Fame. Make Travel Matter Plymouth: Visit Pilgrim Hall Museum, the oldest continuously operating public museum in the country and America's museum of Pilgrim possessions. Meet a direct descendant of the Mayflower party that landed on America's shores in 1620 and hear their family stories. Plymouth: Further your knowledge on the struggles the early settlers faced at the Plimoth Patuxet Musem. This living memorial is dedicated to the Pilgrim Fathers and historical education of the public on how early settlers lived, expanded their settlements and interacted with their environment and the Wampanoag People. Insight Experiences Newport: Jump onboard the Adirondack II, an 80-foot schooner sailing ship and cruise around the coastline. You'll sail out and pass nearby islands, old historical buildings and homes of the rich and famous, as you learn about the region's exciting history, including its pirate activity.
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